Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CELP) and Willbros Group (NYSE:WG) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. and Willbros Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. 0 3 0 0 2.00
Willbros Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. currently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.11%. Given Cypress Energy Partners, L.P.’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. is more favorable than Willbros Group.

Risk & Volatility

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willbros Group has a beta of 3.22, meaning that its stock price is 222% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. and Willbros Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. $289.25 million 0.30 $14.26 million ($0.20) -37.00
Willbros Group $730.56 million 0.19 -$9.80 million ($0.73) -3.00

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Willbros Group. Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Willbros Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. and Willbros Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. -0.43% 5.84% 0.64%
Willbros Group -6.17% -31.89% -11.13%

Dividends

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.4%. Willbros Group does not pay a dividend. Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. pays out -420.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.7% of Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.2% of Willbros Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Willbros Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. beats Willbros Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. Company Profile

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. is a limited partnership company, which serves energy companies throughout North America. The Company provides independent pipeline inspection and integrity services to producers and pipeline companies and water and environmental services with salt water disposal (SWD) facilities to the United States onshore oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies. It operates through three segments: Pipeline Inspection Services (PIS), which provides independent inspection services to various energy, public utility and pipeline companies in both the United States and Canada; Integrity Services (IS), which provides hydrostatic testing services to natural gas and petroleum companies and pipeline construction companies of newly constructed and existing natural gas and petroleum pipelines, and Water and Environmental Services (W&ES), which provides SWD services to oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies.

Willbros Group Company Profile

Willbros Group, Inc. is a specialty energy infrastructure contractor serving the oil and gas and power industries with offerings that primarily include construction, maintenance and facilities development services. The Company operates through three segments: Oil & Gas, Utility T&D and Canada. The Company provides services through operating subsidiaries. The Company’s segments operated primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company provides construction, maintenance and lifecycle extension services to the midstream markets. The Company provides a range of services in electric and natural gas transmission and distribution, including engineering, procurement, maintenance and construction, repair and restoration of utility infrastructure. It is engaged in construction, maintenance and fabrication, including integrity and supporting civil work, general mechanical and facility construction, application program interface (API) storage tanks, general and modular fabrication.

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